A Star Is Born: New Michelin Starred Restaurant in Brittany

What is the best way to have dinner at the Michelin starred restaurant without spending a fortune? Going there quickly  after the restaurant’s nomination! Not only it’s a pleasure to be among the first ones to discover a new talented chef but also a chance to pay the “before Michelin star” price for an exceptional meal. After having dinner at Pourquoi Pas, a restaurant in Brittany which got its first star this year, I definitely recommend you to hurry up and book a table there before it becomes too high-demand!

But let me tell you everything in order.

The restaurant Pourquoi Pas is located at the hotel Castelbrac which I introduced you in my previous article. The chef of the restaurant Julien Hennote is just 35 years old but together with his team of six persons he assures such a high level of fine dining that Pourquoi Pas was granted a Michelin star in January 2019. The chef prefers local products and his recipes are all about finding the harmony in simplicity.

In summer it’s possible to dine on the outside terrace but in April the evenings are still fresh so we stayed inside in the luminous dining room offering a spectacular view over the bay. We opted for the Lord Hamilton menu (55€) accompanied by its wine pairing (20€). I also added a glass of champagne for aperitif.

The Lord Hamilton menu is fish-based and consists of a starter, main dish, cheese and dessert. The wine pairing includes two glasses of wine. The dinner was light and healthy but we got up from the table perfectly filled! I really appreciate when a gourmet restaurant serves not only fancy but also good, hearty food.

Here’s a short photo reportage of our gastronomic experience at Pourquoi Pas:

Pourquoi Pas, Michelin star restaurant, Bretagne
Starting dinner by a glass of champagne (a glass of white wine for Ivetta) and a panoramic sea view
Pourquoi Pas, Michelin star restaurant, Bretagne
The appetizers looked more like an artwork than like food!
Pourquoi Pas, Michelin star restaurant, Bretagne
A special mention for the bread from one of the local bakeries and algae butter
Pourquoi Pas, Michelin star restaurant, Bretagne
Starter: young mackerel, potato purée and crab sauce with curry herbs (the chef used local crabs called “des étrilles” for this recipe)
Pourquoi Pas, Michelin star restaurant, Bretagne
Yellow pollack fillet, green asparagus and a clam à la plancha. The chef cooked the fish fillet in a very special way using Japanese traditional method and it was such a perfection! The fish remained firm and savorous, the texture was meaty – quite unusual for this type of fish.
Pourquoi Pas, Michelin star restaurant, Bretagne
There’s no French dinner without cheese! We had the creamy Bleu de Bellevue emulsion accompanied by Brittany whiskey and beetroot sorbet. An original fusion but worked perfectly well together.
Pourquoi Pas, Michelin star restaurant, Bretagne
Dessert: choux pastry filled with coconut, mango jam and gingembre confit
Pourquoi Pas, Michelin star restaurant, Bretagne
Creative mind who imagined this delicious dinner: Monsieur Julien Hennote, the chef of Pourquoi Pas

Pourquoi Pas 

17, avenue George V
35800 DINARD

Tel: 02 57 54 62 42

 

 


4 thoughts on “A Star Is Born: New Michelin Starred Restaurant in Brittany

  1. Looks so good Anna, a new discovery I will test by myself :). So, let’s do the same: hotel & restaurant just like you. Did you go there with a Bradley or a LadyGaga 😉 ?

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    1. Thanks Emily! No I went there by car, about 4 hours of driving. But there’s a train from Paris with one escale in Saint Malo, about 3 hours of travel.

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